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UConn in need of water

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STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

The University of Connecticut needs more water on its Storrs campus and a proposal by the Metropolitan District Commission, who would supply it, is being met with serious concerns and sharp criticism.

According to the MDC, the plan would divert water from two of its Barkhamsted and Nepaug reservoirs. Then, the agency would pump anywhere from 1 to 5 million gallons a day through an 18-mile pipeline to the university.

"We have about 12 million gallons per day above our safe yield that is available for use and sale to other customers," said Chris Stone of MDC.

Officials with MDC state that the water would come from the Farmington River's watershed, where water is already running into the reservoirs.

"It's a massive, massive project, and there are a lot of unknowns in the project," Stone said.

Environmental groups have raised serious questions about the project. 

"They have the responsibility to supply water to any town along the many route of pipes that serve water," said Howard Beach of the Simsbury Planning Department.  "Which one would think if they are supplying water to Masfield, they would give people between Manchester and Mansfield the ability to tie in."

MDC told Eyewitness News that the system they are proposing couldn't carry water beyond the needs of UConn and Mansfield. They said they only have enough to bring 5 million gallons to UConn.

A meeting to discuss the project was held at UCONN Health Center Munson Building in Farmington Tuesday night.

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